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Visiting Yeadon Tarn

Yeadon is a town located 8 miles from Leeds, and is situated right next to Leeds Bradford Airport.

Visiting The Micropubs of Skipton

There are many pubs in Skipton, but there are technically only two micropubs. A micropub is a small pub serving beer made in a microbrewery. Below you can see a guest post from my dad, highlighting his thoughts on Skipton’s micropubs; Early Doors & The Beer Engine. 

“Life aint all beer and skittles, and more’s the pity” – George du Maurier

One man, his daughter, and a small fluffy long-eared dog visit the micropubs of Skipton.

Visiting only two pubs could hardly be described as a pub crawl, more of a pub amble. None of the three of us had been to either of these pubs before, but after looking them up, we were expecting small, independent, dog-friendly pubs selling good beer – and we were not disappointed.

Early Doors Micropub

Our first destination was Early Doors, a small pub which is situated on New Market Street in Skipton. We guessed that it is called Early Doors because it shuts early; 8pm Tuesday to Saturday and 6pm on Sundays.

early doors pub

Upon entering, we got a warm reception from the locals at the bar, who all seemed to like the dog.

 dog in pub

The pub is small and has beer from various microbreweries. I tried a pint of Doghouse UPA which was quite light and hoppy and easy to drink. Looking at the beer everyone else was drinking, all of it looked well kept and was being consumed with enjoyment by the other customers.

early doors beers

The pub has no tv, or music, just the ebb and flow of conversation. The bar staff know their stuff, and obviously, have a good relationship with all their regular customers.

There are some bottles of spirits behind the bar, and some wine, but really this is a beer pub. It reminded me of how pubs used to be before many of them became more like restaurants than pubs and started playing loud music all the time, whether the customers want it or not.

All in all, I very much liked this pub, it’s the sort of place where you could drop in for a drink after work or go to read the paper and have a quiet pint.

Moving on from Early Doors, we enjoyed a stroll through the middle of Skipton in the direction of the canal, to check out the second micropub.

skipton canal

The Beer Engine Micropub

the beer engine skipton

This is also quite a small pub, and like Early Doors, it has no music or TV. It has a slightly trendier & more modern feel to it, and has been quite tastefully decorated inside; there is a bookcase full of Real Ale Guides and books on brewing and that sort of thing.

dog friendly micropub skipton

They are a very dog-friendly pub, and upon arrival, Fifi the dog happily accepted a dog biscuit, and a water bowl was provided. They have a good and reasonably large range of beers, including a line in Belgian beer, some of which seems to be served with matching glasses, as it always is in Belgium.

micropub skipton beers

I had a pint of Black Moor from the Goose Eye Brewery. It’s a dark beer, was quite light, but really delicious.

As far as I could see, neither of these pubs serve food, apart from crisps, pork scratchings, and the usual bar snacks, but there are plenty of places in Skipton to get something to eat for all tastes and budgets. Just across the road from the Beer Engine, is Skipton Pie and Mash Shop, which I have tried on several occasions and always found it to be consistently good.

If you want a visit to the pub, without being deafened by music, or watching sporting events you don’t necessarily want to see, then I’d recommend you give these places a go. The bar staff at both pubs were very helpful and friendly, and you can try small samples of the beer if you want to make your mind up as to what to drink.

Thank you to my Dad for sharing his thoughts on the micropubs of Skipton. If you’re looking for other interesting places to go in the area, have a look at my review of the Ilkley Cinema here

Real Food Market Ilkley

Real Food Ilkley

The first ever Real Food Ilkley Market was on Sunday 6th March 2016, and since then it has grown in both size and popularity. It takes place on the first Sunday of every month (excluding January) and is located on South Hawkesworth Street next to Ilkley’s main car park and behind the Black Hat. It’s only a couple of minutes walk from the train station, or if you’re visiting by car you should be able to find a free parking spot if you drive around a bit, or you can just park in the Ilkley car park. The car park is 20p for 30 minutes, 60p for an hour, or £1.20 for 2 hours.

The market is open from 10am-3pm, but I’d recommend getting there early! Below you can see a selection of some of the produce on offer at the market.

Giuliano’s of Sicily

Award-winning organic olive oil from Sicily. Try some of the bread and olive oil samples – so tasty!

Giulianos

Wharfedale Fine Cheeses

Artisan cheese from Yorkshire and further afield – perfect if you’re crackers about cheese!

wharfedale fine cheese

Carthy & Black

Delicious cream liqueurs, made from the finest Yorkshire ingredients.
carthy black

Edward Street Bakery

Brilliant independent craft bakery in Saltaire.

edward st bakery

The Ilkley Kitchen

Freshly made treats, perfect for taking on a picnic.

the ilkley kitchen

Mak Tok

Flavoursome Malaysian chilli paste, certain to liven up any dish.

mak tok

Made With Ananda

Handmade organic and raw 100% cacao chocolate.

made with ananda

Leeds Bread Co-op

This Leeds based artisan bakery provides the most excellent sourdough bread.

leeds bread co-op

Secret Truffles

Mouth-wateringly good truffles, perfect to give as a gift (to yourself).

secret truffles

Green Hut Co. 

Recently taken over by Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd, you’ll be able to get these lovely chutneys and jams in the Outside the Box Cafe.

green hut co

The Organic Pantry

Organic veg from North Yorkshire- they also have a delivery service of veg boxes! Fifi was more interested in the Tyler James dog biscuits!

the organic pantry

Tyler James

This lovely pet shop in Ilkley provided a bowl of treats and water for the day! 🙂

tyler james pet shop

So, there we have it! The Ilkley Real Food Market is on the first Sunday of the month, and I go most months so you may see me there. This page is just an example of some of the produce which may be on offer, there are often new and exiting stall-holders attending the market, so be sure to take some shopping bags with you as you’re going to want to stock up!

See you at the market!

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Salami & Co Review

Salami & Co.

10 Market Place, Otley,  LS21 3AQ

I visited Salami & Co. in July, it was a bright sunny day and the lovely town of Otley in West Yorkshire was busy as it was the day of the annual Otley Food and Drink Festival. The market place was closed to traffic and the traders were setting up their stalls and beginning to sell food of all descriptions to the early morning crowd. Having heard great things about Salami & Co. I was pleased to finally get a chance to visit! It is, in fact, a dog-friendly coffee house and not as its name may suggest, a delicatessen. It is called Salami & Co as Salami is the name of one of the owner’s dachshunds.

salami&co

I visited with my parents, and their dog, Dolly the Greyhound and Fifi my Romanian Rescue dog. Fifi is small enough to not cause much of a ruckus when we go to cafes, but Dolly with her long limbs and lack of understanding of the word ‘sit’ is a bit more difficult, and if you take her to a small cafe then everyone has to climb over her when she sprawls out all over the floor. So taking both of these dogs out somewhere is a real test of whether a place really is dog-friendly, and I’m pleased to say that Salami & Co. certainly is.

dining dogs

The place has a relaxing atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff and is easy to find being on the Main Street. The tables are quite high, perhaps intentionally so that your four-legged friends can lie comfortably underneath, which Dolly and Fifi both did for a brief moment! There are dog bowls, blankets and mats provided, and there is also a variety of drinks and treats which look good enough for human consumption!

hound menu  dog treats

The food that was being brought out to the other customers looked good and was well presented (very instagrammable!) and portion sizes seemed about right. There is an excellent selection of good quality coffee, which, by around ten on a Sunday morning is always a welcome sight!

salami&co coffee

For my breakfast order, I predictably chose the smashed avocado with a poached egg on sourdough, with feta cheese, roasted red peppers and chilli. It was absolutely delicious and sustained me throughout the rest of the day. I loved the little flower on top – it’s attention to detail like that which really makes a place special. You can tell that the husband and wife team running this operation really care about making their customers happy.

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this crockery is!

smashed avocado toast

The service was fairly fast as it was quite early and the place just had a few customers but I imagine it could get busy at peak times. The prices are what you might expect from a trendy coffee-house, a little on the expensive side, however, the food is all good quality and most definitely worth it. If you own a dog, or just like dogs, this is certainly the place for you! Some places just claim to be dog-friendly, but Salami & Co. really is, and they cater to every need your dog could have! If you feel like treating your dog to even more than just a Puppuccino, then they have a whole variety of lovely collars and leads in the little shop area near the front door.

dog-shop   dog things

Enlivened by our coffee we gathered up the dogs and left the delights of Salami & Co to head to Wetherby Racecourse so Dolly could hang out with her pals at the Northern Greyhound Gathering, a review of which can be read here.

If you enjoyed this post, you can find out about our day at the Yorkshire Coast here.